“For the range and penetration of his work, Sebastiano Timpanaro can be numbered among the greatest intellectuals of his generation, in Italy or anywhere. The Genesis of Lachmann’s Method seems to me the best contribution that anyone has made in the last fifty years to the history of classical scholarship. The perfect balance [Timpanaro] achieves between methodological argument and historical exposition makes the book absorbing.” --Michael Reeve, series editor, Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries
“Sebastiano Timpanaro was one of the most astonishing and versatile intellectual figures of the late twentieth century, with interests ranging from Latin literature to eco-politics. His book on Lachmann’s method is a fine example of his mastery of both philology and intellectual history. Glenn Most’s fine translation at last makes this brilliant book available in English, and his introduction and annotations explain Timpanaro’s changing views in a manner worthy of Timpanaro himself.”--James E. G. Zetzel, professor of classics, Columbia University
(James E. G. Zetzel)
"Timpanaro's long-admired study of the philological method of Karl Lachmann . . . recently appeared in a masterly English translation by Glenn Most."
(G.W. Bowersock New Republic
"Sebastian Timpanaro was, like this book of his, in a class by himself. . . . [This translation] has been well worth waiting for. Most has done a first-rate job. . . The translation reads easily and naturally, and as has been said the annotation strikingly documents the naggingly perfectionist the character of Timpanaro's scholarship. The Introduction offers an admirable account of the man himself, his family background, his work in other fields, notably on Leopardi, and not least his lifelong engagement with the complicated and turbulent world of left-wing Italian politics."
"Among the many virtues of Timpanaro's exceptionally lucid study is that it demonstrates the genealogy of this science of textual genealogy. . . . Far more than an account of the genesis of Karl Lachmann's method, this is the best possible assertion of why that method still matters today."
(Matthew Leigh Times Literary Supplement
"A masterly analysis of the ways in which the modern method of editing texts came into being. . . . This is Timpanaro at his best."
(Carlo Caruso MLR
“Sebastiano Timpanaro . . . [was] one of the purest and most original minds of the second half of the century.”--London Review of Books
(London Review of Books